Weekly Community News

9 July 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake


Council is currently hosting a series of NAIDOC community events until Sunday 14 July as part of National NAIDOC Week. I encourage everyone to come along and enjoy our wonderful line-up of weaving and damper making workshops, a tribal warrior tour of Sydney Harbour's Aboriginal heritage, NAIDOC themed bush school and more. NAIDOC Week is a chance for everyone to learn about First Nations cultures and histories. This year’s theme, ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud,’ celebrates the strength and resilience of First Nations communities. For more information and to register, please visit

Wenty Waratah Football Club 70 Year Anniversary

I had the pleasure of attending the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Wenty Waratah Football Club on Saturday 29 June. It was a special day called ‘Return to Ted Burge Sportsground Day’. Both current and past members of the club returned home to celebrate the club’s history. I enjoyed seeing the talent from the Under 6 team to the Over 55s. There was also food, hot drinks, face painting, balloons, a guessing competition, a memorabilia display and a club photo shoot around a 5m x 5m 70-year logo.

Domestic and Family Violence Forum (8 August)

I’m proud that Cumberland Council will be hosting the Domestic and Family Violence Information Forum 2024, a sector development event aimed at enhancing community engagement practices. There will be keynote speakers, panel discussions and collaborative sessions involving government and community stakeholders. This forum will provide a vital platform to discuss, share insights and address current and future challenges facing our community. For more details or to register for this event, visit

Plastic Free July

Did you know Australians use around 100kg of plastic packaging per household each year? Cumberland Council is teaming up with Ocean Action Pod to mark Plastic Free July with activities and an interactive display. A big thank you to everyone who visited us on Monday 8 July at Lidcombe Shopping Centre. It was a fun day with interactive games and activities designed to inspire children and adults alike to reduce singleuse plastic waste. Discover easy ways you can make a difference this Plastic Free July at

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Footpath Renewals

Council has recently completed footpath renewals at Phillips Park in Lidcombe and Toongabbie Road in Girraween where over 470m of footpath in total was resurfaced and new concrete was laid.

Let us know of any issues in your area by using the Snap Send Solve mobile app which can be found on Council’s website:

Have Your Say

Joyce Street Park Upgrade in Pendle Hill

Council is seeking community feedback on the draft concept plan for proposed upgrades to Joyce Street Park in Pendle Hill which includes improved seating, pavement, landscaped areas, a water bubbler and smart city integration.

Submissions close: 6pm, Monday 22 July

For more information, visit: joyce-street-park-upgrade

National Tree Day

Connect with nature, get your hands dirty and help make a personal difference through positive environmental action by registering for a planting site to help Planet Ark plant one million native trees. Basic tree planting equipment will be provided. Be sure to bring your own water bottle to refill.

Sunday 28 July, 10am to 12noon
Norford Road Park, Chester Hill

For more information, visit:

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2024

Sydney’s most Instagrammable and favourite flower festival is returning to the Auburn Botanic Gardens from 17-25 August!

Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 50th birthday and explore Japan’s traditions and pop culture with an exciting program of activities, workshops, performances and some of the best Japanese inspired food at the Japanese Food Village.

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